So last week I spent my time eating vegan. You can see how I got on for the various different days here, here, here, here, here and here.
I set myself this task as one of my 3 in 30 goals for the month as a way to challenge myself and make myself focus on eating a better diet and be more intensional when it came to what I was consuming. Overall I think the biggest thing for me was that I was surprised at how easy it ended up being. I thought I would be craving cheese and meat like nothing else but I honestly didn’t miss it. I know a week is a fairly short amount of time in which to experiment with something so perhaps if I went on a bit longer this would be a different tale .
The Good Bits
1. I ate so many vegetables it was unreal- I had no problems reaching my 5 a day eating this way!
2. I did feel better. I had more energy and I seemed to be able to handle working crazy hours and generally running around like a lunatic more easily when I had good fuel inside of me.
3. I cooked a lot more. Not being able to rely on convenience food made me become better at planning what I was going to eat and better at cooking it when I got there.
4. The food was actually delicious; indeed I think I made some of the best pancakes I have ever had!
5. The variety of stuff I found myself making certainly surprised me. In the back of my mind I kind of expected to be eating carrots all week but this was not the case at all.
6. I lost a couple of pounds probably because I was eating by its very nature healthier food and not having the plethora of snacks I usually indulge in!
The Bad Bits
1. Oh God I missed chocolate! Maybe this is just the woman in me talking but I really missed chocolate! Unfortunately I didn’t manage to find a comparable alternative in a shop near where I live although I am sure they do exist.
2. My main and perhaps biggest problem with the idea of eating vegan permanently is that I see food as a very social experience. It is something to share with my loved ones and restricting my diet hampers this for me. I don’t know anyone else who eats vegan and among the majority of my close family and friends no one eats vegetarian either. I felt as though I was missing out on some of the more social aspects of food, simple things like sharing a few biscuits with my colleagues at work became something which I had to decline. Social rituals like that are very important in a work environment and I missed it!
3. This isn’t the diet which James naturally gravitates towards, and its important for me to take his opinion in to account when thinking about issues like this.
4. Quorn isn’t vegan as this has become a staple of mine and James’ diet as we try to reduce our meat consumption for environmental reasons.
That said I do think there are changes which I could make stemming from this week to focus my diet towards a more plant based approach. I think I will be defiantly sticking with the soya milk, I’ve developed quite a taste for it over the last week! On the meals which I do have control over, breakfasts and lunches etc… there is no excuse for me to skimp on the health content of these. I’m going to make a conscience effort to become more focused on what I eat for these meals including more veggies and making them vegan where I can.
Thank you for coming with me on this challenge my friends and double thank yous for being so helpful kind and encouraging in the comments this last week. I couldn’t have done it without you!